Rays 5, Blue Jays 4 (10 innings)

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Luke Scott walked with the bases loaded, and the winning run strolled across home plate in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 Thursday.
Brad Lincoln, Toronto's fifth pitcher of the game, walked Scott on a 3-2 pitch, saddling Aaron Loup (1-3) took the loss.
Kyle Farnsworth (2-0) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th for the win.
The Rays tied the game 4-4 on Yunel Escobar's third home run of the season, a seventh-inning drive over the center field fence.
The game was billed as a battle of the reigning Cy Young Award winners, but neither R.A. Dickey nor David Price got a decision.
Both pitchers had multiple leads and allowed them to slip away, although Price made it through eight innings and retired the last nine batters. He allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out eight. Dickey was finished after six, having allowed three runs (two earned). He yielded five hits and five walks, and he struck out five.
There were four lead changes early in the game before Toronto settled into a 4-3 advantage after five innings.
This was only the third time since the Cy Young began to be awarded to both leagues (1967) that two winners faced off in the following season, but both pitchers were hit hard and regularly.
The Rays got to Dickey early, as Kelly Johnson doubled and came home on Evan Longoria's double in the first inning. Longoria came around to score when Matt Joyce drove a single to right field.
Despite being staked to a two-run advantage, Price was unable to hold it. He gave up one run in the second when he hit Edwin Encarnacion with a pitch, advanced him to second with a wild pitch and then allowed an RBI single by Brett Lawrie.
Price lost the lead in the third. Rajai Davis reached on a throwing error by Longoria and came around to score on Jose Bautista's long double to left center. Encarnacion's broken-bat single into short right field brought the go-ahead run in to score.
A knuckleball by Dickey that dipped one time too many and eluded catcher Henry Blanco for a passed ball allowed Ben Zobrist to score the tying run from third after he tripled to deep center.
But the 3-3 tie was short-lived. Davis singled and then stole second and third base before scoring on Jose Bautista's sacrifice fly. The two steals gave Davis eight for the season.
NOTES: After the 10-4 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night, Toronto optioned LHP Ricky Romero to Triple-A Buffalo and designated RHP Edgar Gonzalez for assignment. Romero lasted one-third of an inning, allowing three runs and four hits. Gonzalez followed Romero to the mound and lasted 4 2/3 innings while giving up five runs. ... RHPs Mickey Storey and Ramon Ortiz joined the Blue Jays from Buffalo. ... Regardless of the final outcome, Toronto will have thrown a monkey off their back in this series because they were assured of at least a split of the four games. That ends a streak of 17 straight home-series wins for the Rays against the Blue Jays, dating to 2007. ... Jose Molina threw out Maicer Izturis attempting steal second in the fourth inning. It was the third runner thrown out by Molina in 21 attempts.

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